New Year welcomed in across Serbia

BELGRADE -- Serbians welcomed in the New Year across the country by celebrating in open air concerts, restaurants, cafes, and in their homes.

Svetlana Ražnatović performs in Belgrade (Tanjug)
Svetlana Ražnatović performs in Belgrade (Tanjug)

Tens of thousands of revelers gathered in downtown Belgrade for a concert and fireworks, while many others, notably a large number of guests from abroad, chose restaurants of the city's bohemian Skadarlija neighborhood.

In Novi Sad, several thousand people rang in 2014 with a concert and fireworks in the town's central square, and were at midnight addressed by Mayor Miloš Vučurević.

In Niš, Mayor Zoran Perišić also took to the stage to wish a happy New Year to those gathered for an open air concert. A large number of Bulgarian citizens chose to spend the holiday in Niš, said reports from this town.

More than 20,000 people gathered in a square in the winter resort of Mt. Zlatibor in western Serbia for what reporters said was a great celebration that continued well into the early hours of Wednesday. 

Niš (Tanjug)
Niš (Tanjug)

There were organized public celebrations in Subotica, Kruševac, Jagodina, and elsewhere, while in other towns, including Kragujevac in central Serbia and Kosovska Mitrovica in northern Kosovo, people welcomed the new year in restaurants, clubs, and in their homes.

Many also spent the night working, and PM and Interior Minister Ivica Dačić toured MUP's Command-Operational Center Belgrade, where officers on duty told him the night was going without any major incidents.

Meanwhile, Belgrade's medical emergency service said they intervened 151 times, 66 of those in public places, and reported a fireworks display caused slight injuries to seven people.